Gut-wrenching images have emerged from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, with Sky News reporting that Afghani women have resorted to literally throwing their babies over razor wire to U.S. troops in an effort to save them from Taliban terrorists and a future of living under Sharia law.
As former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently explained, what makes those horrible scenes even more tragic is the fact that they were entirely preventable. He slammed President Joe Biden for his “incompetent,” botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from the newly Taliban-controlled country of Afghanistan, Breitbart reported.
During an exclusive interview with Breitbart on Friday, Pompeo blamed Afghanistan’s descent into anarchy on the way Biden executed his U.S. troop withdrawal from the country.
“It is a demonstrably incompetent, tactical and operational use of America’s power in a way that has put American lives at risk,” Pompeo said, referring to the thousands of U.S. citizens who remain stuck behind Taliban lines.
He called the unfolding crisis “sad” and “disheartening” before warning that what’s happing in Kabul will eventually have “ramifications all across the world.”
Contrasting with Trump
The former secretary of state went on to contrast Biden’s Afghanistan disaster with how former President Donald Trump would likely have handled the situation.
“So President Trump had made clear in his campaign, he wanted to get our young men and women home as quickly as he could. We were striving to achieve that,” Pompeo acknowledged.
“But at the same time, we made clear to the Taliban that here are our set of conditions,” Pompeo explained. “If you honor those conditions, we will honor ours, which is to draw down our forces.”
“We did that in a measured, step by step way, from about 15,000 to about 2,500,” Pompeo continued. “But we never got to the conditions where President Trump felt comfortable that we could go to zero and so we didn’t go to zero.”
Trump “pounded” Taliban
He added that Trump “pounded” the Taliban with U.S. airpower “each and every time” that conditions on the ground made it necessary to do so. He never once hesitated to make sure the Taliban knew their place in the world.
For his part, Trump released a statement recalling the devastating air campaign he unleashed on the Islamic State group (ISIS), a move his successor has, so far, refused to emulate.
“After I took out ISIS, I established a credible deterrent,” Trump said last Sunday. “That deterrent is now gone. The Taliban no longer has fear or respect for America or America’s power.”